If you need a dental filling, it is because you have an area of decay on your tooth. In our dental office, we use tooth-colored fillings because they are aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting.
On average, a tooth-colored filling in Tustin, CA can last up to a dozen years and sometimes longer. If you practice healthy habits—never using your filled (or natural!) tooth to twist open a cap, for example—you can expect a longer-lasting tooth filling.
What Is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is sometimes called a tooth cavity. It means you have a hole in your tooth that will continue to grow without treatment. In addition, large fillings can compromise your tooth’s structure and require a dental crown for restored stability. You may even lose the tooth to a fracture or extraction in severe cases.
To lower your risks for tooth decay, follow these guidelines:
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups
- Never skip your six-month teeth cleanings
- Always brush your teeth at least twice each day
- Floss at least once daily, but twice is even better
- Never go to sleep for the night with debris on your teeth
Is It Time for Your Next Dental Checkup in Tustin, CA?
If you suspect a tooth cavity, have a broken filling, or if it’s time for your next checkup, contact our dental office today to arrange a visit with our dentist, Dr. Michael Zhang.